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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Large front sport seats intrude on backseat legroom slightly, but adults can still get comfortable
Trunk is usefully sized and shaped
Materials on the dashboard are now soft touch with a more appealing texture
TheCarConnection.com discovers that the 2009 Dodge Charger features an upgraded interior highlighted by comfortable seats and an impressive level of quality from the designers at Chrysler.
Reviewers are generally quite impressed with the seating arrangement inside the 2009 Dodge Charger. The Dodge Charger seats five inside its generous interior, and Cars.com raves that "the seats have power adjustments and are quite comfortable." ConsumerGuide agrees, giving the Dodge Charger high marks for its "spacious" front seats, with "ample headroom and legroom" and "generously sized seats." The rear seats are nice as well, and Autoblog notes that "the Charger's long 120-inch wheelbase means that back seat passengers have ample leg room and can stretch out in comfort. The only downside is that the sloping roofline may cut into some occupants head room compared to a 300." Autoblog also points out that, "for those whose proportions of leg-to-arm length might not match whatever standard size the interior designers selected, there is also switch on the side of the driver's seat that allows the entire pedal cluster to be adjusted for distance from the seat."
The large dimensions of the 2009 Dodge Charger also allow for quite a bit of storage space, especially compared to some big-name competitors. Cars.com says that "if you need room to carry large items, the Charger also has a standard 60/40-split folding backseat, a feature that's less common in large cars than it is in compact and midsize models." ConsumerGuide reports that the Dodge "Charger's trunk is usefully sized and shaped, but a relatively small opening complicates loading bulky objects. The standard split-folding 60/40 rear seatbacks enhance versatility, though they don't lay completely flat."
Materials aren't usually a point of praise on Chrysler vehicles, but an upgraded interior for the 2009 Dodge Charger is beginning to change that. Cars.com says that the "Charger has one of Dodge's better interiors in terms of materials quality, panel fit and refinement of the controls." There is some disagreement between reviewers, however, as Automobile Magazine remarks that the SRT8's interior is not "as good as it should be for $44,000," but ConsumerGuide feels that the materials "are appropriate for these prices, with solid feel and a nice array of padded surfaces." The score is settled by Autoblog, which casts its vote in favor of appropriate quality by contending that "the materials on the dashboard are now soft touch with a more appealing texture. There are no more visible edges with unfinished parting lines from the molds. We're still not talking Lexus or Infiniti here, but this is a Dodge at a Dodge price point." Car and Driver also points out that "no subassemblies rattled or squeaked" during their test drive.
Cabin noise is well controlled in the 2009 Dodge Charger. Cars.com notes that it is "rather quiet in the cabin, with only a hint of wind noise," although ConsumerGuide says "wind rush [is] evident at highway speeds."
Upgraded materials and comfortable seats make the 2009 Dodge Charger a worthy competitor in the segment.